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  1. Dear John, Thank you so much for the link. It should fulfill my needs.
  2. Dear Nick, Thank you very much for telling me. I'm afraid that this Jitte is not what I am looking for. I need one who could have been worn by a high ranking samurai police officer. But I admit that this one is scarce.
  3. Dear all, I am looking for a nice JITTE but I need a genuine one of very good quality from EDO period, one which could have been carried by a high-ranking samurai police official (yoriki) or one made, signed and/or dated from the bakumatsu era. To summarize, I need one very good example which will be the only one in my collection. I am aware that it will be difficult to find such a gem but I need to avoid all the less than average ones (which are not so old) usually put for sale on Ebay or Yahoo Japan. If you happen to have a nice one for sale feel free to PM me. Thank you for your attention.
  4. Got the big tempo tsuba which was very well protected for this rather long journey. I am fully satisfied with this unusual tsuba which is very pleasant in hand. Thank you again Kyle.
  5. Jean, Where do you find some for sale ?
  6. Tout ce qui touche le visage est toujours impressionnant. Récupère bien Jean,
  7. Dear gentlemen, Can you help me to translate that signature ? It seems to be the name of the maker, TADAKATSU ???? Do you know him as a helmet maker ? Thank you for your help.
  8. Ordered the book on Amazon. I chose the english version. Got the book, the cover is in english the rest in german
  9. Unfortunately, it is gimei for me. Please have a look at the shinshinto meikan by Markus Sesko. The kanjis are not uniform and the person who carved the mei did not mastered its tool, some kanjis are deep and other are shallow... It is of course my personnal opinion
  10. Dear Piers, There is no sign of use of seppa. The inner edges of the Hitsu-ana were filed may be to mount it on a sword.... Dear George, I will try to make pictures of the inside edges of the ana. I agree, the tagane marks seem to have a decorative purpose. the tsuba was rusty and I used a deer antler to get rid of it. Thank you for your opinion.
  11. Any suggestions gentlemen ? The surface seems to be hammered, am I right ????
  12. Thank you Rich, Could be FUDOMYOO with a little imagination...
  13. Dear all, I bought this tsuba a while ago. It has a nice bonji carved on it and I like it. It was dated by the seller as end of Edo but I rather think that it is a modern one. I am not a tsuba guy, I really don't know what to think about it and I need your help on this one.
  14. The tsuba is referenced in the excellent book of Richard FULLER, "Japanese military and civil swords & dirks", page 61, plate 77. The tensho script stamps (seal form) read vertically from right to left, TO KYO / WAKA RAI. Richard Fuller stated that it could be a nationalistic phrase, WAKA RAI meaning "young torrent"......
  15. Gilles

    Any guesses?

    Dear Brian, I used to have a sword like that with a similar hamon in a shin-gunto koshirae (leather covered saya). The blade was also mumei with a very similar nakago and reputed to be shin-shinto. This one seems to be shin-shinto too. Just my two cents......
  16. Dear Bruce, I didn't have the chance to see the documentary and the link on youtube does not seems to work anymore, at least for me. I think the the gendaito collectors could be interested in such a book.
  17. Gentlemen, Reading a book about the Japanese swordsmith Kunihira Kawachi (tittled in french : Le sabre japonais signe du divin), he said that he decided to become a swordsmith after reading a book written by the late Akihira Miyairi tittled "Life of a master swordsmith". Kawachi was so fascinated and moved by this book that he decided to become an apprentice of Miyari and was accepted as such.... I was wondering if this book written in Japanese has already been translated in english ? If not, it could give us, Japanese sword collectors a good insight of the life of a contemporary Japanese swordsmith which by extension can be transposed in the olden days..... What do you guys think about that ? PS : sorry for my english. I hope that you are understanding what I am trying to convey.
  18. Dear all, I am looking for an original and nice pair of abumi. Condition must be very good to excellent. I prefer to avoid a laquered pair. An iron pair would be perfect. I will be very interested in an inlay ornementation (ginzogan) in very good condition with a minimum of loss. A signed example is very welcome. Please PM me if you have such a pair for sale.
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